Categories
1970s 1980s BBC drama Paula MIlne Play For Today Writers

Two Plays for Today by Paula Milne

Of the 298 plays shown as part of Play for Today from 1970-84 just 34 were written by women.[1] 26 women writers, in total, contributed to Play for Today, several writing two plays (Julia Jones wrote four). One of these writers was Paula Milne, whose two Plays for Today were broadcast in 1982. They came […]

Categories
1970s BBC drama Colin Welland Play For Today Writers

Play for Today: Kisses at Fifty

By Tom May Written by Colin Welland, directed by Michael Apted and produced by Graeme McDonald. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.25pm on Monday 22 January 1973 When leaving my last job as a lecturer in a Further Education College, I enjoyed a pint with soon-to-be former colleagues in the Town Wall pub in Newcastle upon […]

Categories
1970s 1980s BBC drama Play For Today Writers

My Ten Plays for Today: Ian Greaves

This is the latest in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

Categories
1970s 1980s BBC drama Directors Play For Today Writers

My Ten Plays for Today: Billy Smart

My Ten Plays for Today: Billy Smart This is the latest in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be […]

Categories
1970s 1980s BBC drama Play For Today Writers

My Ten Plays for Today: Simon Farquhar

This is the third in a series of posts in which we publish the ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

Categories
1970s Actors Alan Sharp BBC drama Irene Shubik Play For Today Ray Davies Writers

Play for Today: The Long Distance Piano Player

By Simon Farquhar Written by Alan Sharp, produced by Irene Shubik and directed by Philip Saville. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.20pm on 15th October 1970. ‘Men with Something to Say,’ was the fanfare Radio Times headline in the week that BBC 1 launched Play for Today. Alan Sharp, John Osborne, Dennis Potter, Clive Exton and […]

Categories
1970s BBC drama Play For Today The Wednesday Play Writers

My Ten Plays For Today: Susanna Capon

This is the second of a series of posts in which we publish the  ‘top ten’ or ‘top five’ Plays for Today identified by  a range of writers, researchers and media professionals. The brief was that such lists should not necessarily consist of what were considered to be the ‘best’ Plays for Today but could […]

Categories
1970s Barrie Keeffe BBC drama Gotcha Play For Today Writers

Play for Today: Nipper

Written by Barrie Keeffe, produced by Margaret Matheson and directed by Brian Farnham. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.35pm on Tuesday 15 November 1977. At the time of his death in December 2019, it was his screenplay for the cult thriller The Long Good Friday (1980), and its heady cocktail of London East End gangsters, docklands’ […]

Categories
1970s BBC drama John Bowen Play For Today Writers

Play for Today: A Photograph

By Jon Dear Written by John Bowen, directed by John Glenister and produced by Graeme McDonald. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.25pm on Tuesday 22 March 1977. The Radio Times listing for A Photograph states: Michael Otway has everything to live for, but he is going to die. His life is elegant, his marriage comfortable, his […]

Categories
1970s Alan Bridges BBC drama David Mercer Directors Play For Today Writers

Play for Today: The Cellar and the Almond Tree

by Jonathan Owen  Written by David Mercer, directed by Alan Bridges and produced by Graeme McDonald. Broadcast on BBC1 at 9.10pm on Wednesday 4 March 1970 (The Wednesday Play) and on BBC1 at 9.20pm on Thursday 10 June 1971 (Play for Today). David Mercer’s The Cellar and the Almond Tree was first broadcast in 1970 […]